Hope In The Midst of the Pandemic

It’s been a long time since I wrote anything on my blog….much too long.  My days have been filled with appointments, schedules, kids agendas, potty-training, doctor appointments, caring for sick kids, feeding a growing family, educating a growing family, running a small business, working shifts at various hospitals.  In fact, more than any other time my life is chaos and I’m the chaos coordinator of this little crew I’ve been privileged to command. 

Until now, quicker than I realize everything has stopped, everything that was consuming my daily grind, and quite honestly forming some sort of idol in my life has been stripped away.  To be honest, I like it, I can’t believe I had gone so long without really thinking or feeling.  That I was running on fumes, blazing through the blur of life with little left to actually work on my mental, physical, or more importantly spiritual wellness.  

Nonetheless, here we are in the middle of a pandemic of COVID-19.  A pandemic?, Yes, really a disease that has taken over the WORLD.  Let me say that again, it’s not just Texas, or the USA, or North America, it’s everywhere, its touched everything, the disease has left no stone unturned.  It has no mercy.  It has captured, lives, cities, and lifestyles in its midst and it’s seeking more, if we let it. 

But you know what’s more powerful than the COVID-19? …..GOD! I’m sure there are some eye rolls right about now with doubts and sarcasm of how could a loving God let this happen?  God, never promised us a life full of a bed roses.  In fact, John 16:33 Jesus says,

“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart because I have overcome the World”.  But God does say,  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6.

This virus can steal many things from us but It can’t steal our spirit.  Nope, that’s our free will and choice to given into the fear Satan would so love to see us crumble too or choose to step forward in steadfast faith. 

So as we face these next few weeks or months, as we face worry, fear, hardship, loss, let us cling to the cross. Let us bow down to the feet of Jesus as we walk through this Lent season where literally we are giving up more than we ever anticipated too.

I ask you to pray with me for a spirit of revival.  That despite what will come we will see the hand of God at work in the lives of so many, that despite the fear we will have faith.  That instead of panic we will be filled with peace, that in the midst of worry we will be given wisdom, and that when surrounded by heartache we will find hope in what’s too come.  Despite the gray days we see in the forecast we will find the truth in the depth of our soul to say God is, will be, and always has been Good. 

Most of us will never experience a time like this again in our lifetime.  This season will be written in the history books, it will plastered on the cover of magazines, and from it lets forge the future foundation of leaders.  That in the midst of adversary let us be a group of people who came together and praised God.

“Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.19 Do not quench the Spirit” Thessalonians 5:16-19.    

Each day, as I head out for two walks with my family I see that America has radically changed in a few days.  There’s so few car on the streets and as we make our 1-2 mile rounds around the hood.  I see husbands and wives, I see young and old, I see families, I see dads riding bikes with kids, I see people tending their yard, washing cars, waving, greeting and for that I’m thankful.  In the midst of darkness there is still light and sometimes when everything is stripped away we have so much more than we ever imagined.  Even in these hard times I will find the good and praise the Lord and I hope you will join me too.